Stronger Legs and Lower Body

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Get fit, look better, and improve performance with Stronger Legs and Lower Body, the only book solely devoted to developing both the physique and fitness of the lower body. It's not just about looking good; it's also about becoming more active, moving better, and performing better in sport.

Two internationally recognized fitness experts wrote this book for those who want to enhance athletic performance as well as body aesthetics. As a personal trainer, Keli Roberts has helped hundreds of clients—including many Hollywood celebrities—achieve their fitness goals. Linda Shelton, fitness editor for SHAPE magazine, has more than 30 years of experience in exercise instruction. In Stronger Legs and Lower Body, Roberts and Shelton combine their expertise to show you how to

- improve muscle tone, strength, and body shape with progressive resistance-training exercises, including exercises that target every muscle group;
- increase flexibility and enjoy greater freedom of movement;
- get results with proven eight-week programs; and
- customize your own program to meet your training goals.

This comprehensive book includes strengthening and stabilizing exercises to target every area of the lower body—hips, buttocks, hamstrings, quadriceps, lower legs, and calves—making it easy for you to focus on the specific areas you need to work on. You'll find clear guidelines for conditioning and training, plus progressive eight-week programs that yield swift results: toning and shaping programs for quick and visible progress, conditioning programs to improve your athletic performance, and fat- burning cardio programs to keep your body looking and feeling good. There's also an entire chapter dedicated to showing you how to design your own program.

Whether strength, athletic fitness, or fat burning is your goal, you'll look better, feel better, and perform better with Stronger Legs and Lower Body.

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Whether you're a recreational exerciser looking to create a shapelier bottom half, a competitive athlete focused on increasing your leg power for your sport, or anywhere in between, Stronger Legs and Lower Body presents 124 clearly illustrated exercises and drills that will satisfy any fitness level or goal. The exercises use machines, body weight, free weights, body bars, steps, ankle weights, stability balls, bongo boards, and bands to work the calves, thighs, and buttocks. But the book is more than an excellent collection of exercises--you'll get information about setting up a strength-training program, assessing your level, training effectively and safely, and much more. Both women and men will find enough information and exercises to create a personalized program for strength, body sculpting, power, and performance.

Keli Roberts is a celebrity trainer and an international fitness instructor. She is the author of Fitness Hollywood: The Trainer to the Stars Shares Her Body-Shaping Secrets. Exercise physiologist and fitness consultant Linda Shelton is fitness editor for Shape and Fit Pregnancy. Stronger Legs and Lower Body is highly recommended for exercisers of all levels designing their personal lower-body strength program. --Joan Price

About the Author:

Keli Roberts is an internationally recognized fitness expert with more than 15 years of teaching and instructing experience worldwide. She has extensive experience training high-profile clients, including Hollywood celebrities like Cher, Kirstie Alley, Susan Dey, Jennifer Grey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Faye Dunaway.

Roberts is a regular presenter at IDEA and is known professionally for her programs that focus on lower-body function and performance. She is certified in fitness instruction with the Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER), and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), in group exercise instruction and personal training with American Council on Exercise (ACE), and in boxing and kickboxing with the International Sports Conditioning Association (ISCA). Her first book, Fitness Hollywood, is currently in its fifth edition.

A native of Australia, Roberts now resides in Tujunga, California, where she teaches group exercise classes and works as a personal trainer and continuing education specialist. Her hobbies are gardening, competitive road cycling, mountain biking, and whitewater kayaking.

Linda Shelton is the fitness editor for SHAPE and Fit Pregnancy magazines and has more than 30 years of experience as a fitness teacher and educator. Linda has a bachelor's degree in physical education and has completed her master's work in exercise physiology. She has owned an aerobics studio, and worked as a Reebok step trainer as well as a personal trainer. Shelton was the director of technical training and head trainer for the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and helped develop their standards and guidelines and their international certification exam.

Linda lives in Thousand Oaks, California, where she serves as a fitness consultant specializing in strength training at her own company, Professional Fitness Services. She enjoys gardening and hiking with her two golden retrievers, Zeke and Libby.

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